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Evaluating Web Sites
Although the Internet is a good way to get a sense of what is out there, you will need to go further before investigate using its information in your papers. Critically evaluate each website and question the following:
Authority - Is the website based on reputable and reliable sources? Is there a bibliography? Are there citations? Is the author of the website an expert on this subject?
Objectivity - Is the website free of bias? Who is responsible for the website? Are you getting an educated version of this topic, or is it just opinion?
Currency - Has the page been updated recently enough so that it reflects the most current data? Is there a date to indicate that this page is regularly evaluated and maintained?
Coverage - Does the website have valid information on the topic? Is it free of typos and errors? Does the page have a professional look and free of advertising? Are there links to other worthwhile websites?
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Goal is to bring to viewers the latest and most popular news from different sources and from all countries. Includes links to all countries' newspapers, magazines, radio and TV stations, news agencies, and other types of media
Debatabase is an authoritative collection of over seven hundred debates mostly written by experienced debaters. They cover topics from the affirmative action to Zimbabwe, on all sorts of themes including politics, economics, religion, culture, science and society. For debaters they may provide useful preparation materials and examples but the debates will be useful to everyone. Debatabase topics provide both sides of the debate rather than giving just one side of the argument as most blogs, newspapers and other articles you can find online do. We want you to make up your own mind on these important issues and believe you need both sides of the argument to make an informed choice.
Contains a wealth of information for researchers on opinion polls and trends. Special features include a guest scholar poll review each month, an informational FAQ section that explains the Gallup poll's history and techniques, and special historical reports
National Public Radio
Website for NPR News
New York Times Learning Network
This site offers sections for students, teachers, and parents with daily lesson plans, a daily news quiz, and grade level rated activities and articles.
The Pew Internet & American Life Project
The Project produces reports exploring the impact of the internet on families, communities, work and home, daily life, education, health care, and civic and political life.
Pew Research Center
Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world. Sections cover politics, media, social trends, technology, science, religion, and global issues. You can search by keyword or browse by topic.
ProCon.org is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity. Our purpose is to provide resources for critical thinking and to educate without bias. We research issues that are controversial and important, and we present them in a balanced, comprehensive, straightforward, transparent, and primarily pro-con format at no charge.
Covers world newspapers online and news sites in English and links to selected online magazines arranged under broad subjects. This nonprofit and non-partisan web site was initiated by a group of freelance journalists to provide colleagues and readers worldwide with reliable information about international news sources